and monumental ! A clash of sensual images and conceptual art. The
‘Herman Battle’ offers action and adventure, as well
humour and analysis. History becomes pulp fiction, film is art and
art is film."
TIP Berlin. Edition 3/1996 Author: Annette Kilzer
"Excentric and unique ! Megalomania and intimacy. "Joke,
satire and deeper meaning", just like the piece by Christian
Dietrich Grabbe. In this film nothing happens by accident, but the
producers permanently offend the film industry. A romantic project."
Frankfurter Rundschau, 3. Febuary 1996 Author: Dietrich Kuhlbrodt.
"Ben Hur as a B-movie !"
Der Spiegel, May 1995
"Heinrich von Kleist’s drama is one of the most complicated
and bulky dramas of German literature. It is seldom performed. What
does it matter ? –five young filmmakers thougt, so they created
a witty sword and sandal film."
Hamburger Abendblatt, January 1996
"It’ s just real live. Salve !”
ART, 6/1995 Author: Silke Müller
"Using the slogan: „Monumental, magic and immoderate
!“ the authors promote their work. They are right.”
Abendzeitung Munich, May 1997
"71 intelligent minutes. It’s a cult-happening, no dull
Germanness, no theory.”
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / FAZ 4th June 1996.
Author: Heinrich Wefing
“Too many cooks spoil the pudding" - that’s the
rule. But here you see an exception. Five directors hunting for
fame and spectators re-enact the Hermann battle in a crazy sword
and sandal film, that overcomes all the clichés of monumental
film by far."
Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 18 Dezember 2001 Author: Holger Gumprecht